Teams for season nine announced!

 

 

 

 

We’re only a few days away from the start of pre-season for season nine on F1 2019, and we now have confirmation of the teams that will make up the four F1 2019 leagues over the next four months.

Italic font  – Reigning drivers champion

** Indicates reigning constructors champion

 

Monday 

IRL F1 League (Equal performance w/No-assists)

 

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

FPL_Charlie** & BoyBetterKnowSB**

Scuderia Ferrari 

Bur-Meister & LeR_Lukek707

Haas F1 Team

SamuPapito & White-fountain

Renault F1 Team

infiniti_846 & Adrilocdoc

Sport Pesa Racing Point F1 Team

x-psycho-x & Jomppalainen

McLaren 

The_Warislander & Megglugpy

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Zimon118 & PTRL_Kelvin

Alfa Romeo Racing

Rastyiz17 & FOXYRED2000

RoKit Williams Racing

HarryB_R25 & LNorris17

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Speed_Queen80 & CPI_Alex_B

Commentary Team 

Gareth(Captain_Stiff) and Sab (Sab7786)

 

 

Tuesday

IRL Realistic Performance League 

 

BadPiggy F1 Team 

Delange93 & SkyZii**

TL44Sab

Sab7786 & TL44S_

Stone Cold Nitro

SirSpud72 & Nitrogash

Bangers and Crash

Ozone_Typh00n & osteven002

Fåret Shaun 

Zimon118 & Sh33py_83

PB Racing

Lukebailey14 & F1_MrP80

Hesketh Racing 

Biofreaksa & FerociousDan

Hyper Racing

BoyBetterKnowSB & Jos_Heinssie

TBTonnfirmed

tb230791 & TonnAlbanach

Commentary Team

Malc (F1WWFC_07) and Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

 

 

Wednesday

IRL F2 (Equal Performance w/Assists)

 

McLaren

FerociousDan & Sab7786

Alfa Romeo Racing

Aaronjs1992 & Colinj1411996

RoKit Williams Racing

YNWA_MATTY_UTM & MrSteenn

Renault F1 Team

Gaming-Alimonda

Scuderia Ferrari

biofreaksa & Tanker903

Scuderia Toro Rosso

iXeFun & TONY-Y

Sport Pesa Racing Point F1 Team

tigaby & Tb230791

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Captain_Stiff** & Delange93

Haas F1 Team

NickLJThomson & Humbostone

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

mj_coop & Eesti_Mats

 

Commentary Team

Dan (theenergydan) and Wout (The-Warislander)

 

 

 

Wednesday

IRL F3 (Equal Performance w/Assists)

 

 

McLaren

F1Richard67** & Bren_Ons

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Osteven002 & Steelbl66

Haas F1 Team

F1_MRP80 & xMikexSI

Scuderia Ferrari

Craig8728 & SirSpud72

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Nitrogash & LukeBailey14

Renault F1 Team

Syncronously & Dreygeo

Alfa Romeo Racing

Vojtech94 & BWAClyde

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Vacant (Two seats available)

RoKit Williams Racing

Vacant (Two seats available)

Sport Pesa Racing Point F1 Team

NiceNiels010 & TinusssOptioneel

 

Commentary Team

Malc (F1WWFC_07) and Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

 

Season nine pre-season kicks off on Monday 4th November with the IRL F1 League at the French Grand Prix, a race which is one of two pre-season tests. We hope you enjoyed the break, and you’re excited to be back racing. Join Gareth and Sab at 7.50pm on Monday night for the opening night’s action, live on YouTube! 

Season Nine Announced!

 

After last nights exciting announcement stream, the details for the much anticipated ninth season have been released, with changes made to the rules, structure and of course the all important calendar! Remember you can go back and listen back to the stream on YouTube where the regular Podcast team of Gareth and Sab were joined by F2 driver and admin, and creator of the ‘Hall of Fame’ mj_coop as he discussed how and why he has compiled all these stats.

 

Here is a summary of last nights important information from the announcement stream;

 

Rules and League Structure 

  • The Monday night No-Assist League will be merging with the Wednesday Equal Performance F1 league – The newly branded IRL F1 League will race on Monday’s at 8pm with Gareth and Sab as the commentary team. The league will allow the racing line as an assist for season nine only, from season ten it will be turned off.
  • The Performance League will continue as current but by known as the “IRL Realistic Performance League” – The commentary team will be Malc and Tim.
  • Wednesday night will now be just two leagues with “IRL F2” and “IRL F3” – They will continue to be equal performance, and will allow assists (Traction control, ABS and racing line)
  • All drivers will now be administered a ‘Super-license’ and for any incidents you may be involved in over the season you may be penalised with points against your license (severity dependent). Accumulating points on your license will see incremental punishments (please here for an example of penalties)
  • Position penalties will be replaced by time penalties for any on-track incidents – These will range from an official reprimand to a 20 second penalty (if race was finished) with higher penalties incurring as previously discussed license points.
  • We are keeping an eye on driver attendance last season after slipping standards, therefore this season you will be allowed a maximum of TWO un-notified absences (un-notified will be classed as within less than an hour before the race, or without a valid reason – “I can’t race tonight” just before the lobby opens will be classed as un-notified. On the third un-notified absence you will be removed from the league and placed as a reserve.
  • You will be allowed a maximum of three notified absences (containing a valid reason) however a fourth may incur removal from the league. We encourage our drivers to let admins know in advance if you are going to miss a race, or have leave/holiday booked so we can note it against your name.

 

Stewards requests and decisions 

  • You will have 24 hours from immediately after the race until 10pm the next day to post your request into the stewards office – Please ensure you use the template and cut your video to speed up the process.
  • Stewards will announce to the league PSN chat what incidents they will be reviewing after the deadline – This can be incidents not officially reported if an incident was spotted but not reported.
  • The stewards will then deliberate and announce their findings in the PSN chat and on the website within 48 hours. This means all requests will be dealt with within three days
  • Any appeals will then have to be made within 12 hours of the announcement, or they will not be heard.
  • Appeals decisions are final, and come from a unbiased set of stewards who are impartial to the league to maintain credibility and transparency.

 

The Invictus” Premium Membership

  • At the beginning of last season we launched a premium membership “The Invictus” – This allowed members to contribute a minimum of £5 (or equivalent) with the ability of being able to attain perks, such as;
  • Car choice priority – Premium members will have priority in selecting their car for the upcoming season (First come first served in terms to contribution date)
  • Team-mate priority – Have an idea of a team-mate you’d like to lock down for the season? Premium members can choose their team-mate so you don’t lose out and possibly end up a solo driver.
  • Entered into a draw to win a £20 (or equivalent) PSN voucher which can be redeemed in the PS Store against games/accessories/PS Plus
  • Chance to join Gareth and Sab on the Invictus Podcast as a special guest to discuss F1, and much more.
  • Personalised stats in the Invictus “Hall of Fame” – Highlighting your best achievements here at IRL.
  • It is totally non-compulsory contribution, and no on-track advantages will be gained, but your help is going towards enhancing our website and graphics, plus funding trophies for championship winners, but most importantly making it a positive and fun environment for all members.

 

Social Media 

  • As we continue to grow, and enhance our online presence, we like to celebrate out drivers. Please if not already make sure you have followed our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and have subscribed to the YouTube channel (Links attached) – This will let us tag you in the event of wins, podiums, MVP polls etc, and equally let you see the work that our hard-working social media team are putting in behind the scenes.
  • When watching the YouTube videos (Live or replay) – If you ‘Like’ the video, it will enhance our channel into your/others feeds and allow us to become highlighted and recommended more often. (Of course, this is completely voluntary!)

 

Hall of Fame

  • The Invictus Hall of Fame is now LIVE! – It is a running database of all the best stats from the history of Invictus and its leagues, it has taken around two months to compile and will be ever evolving.
  • The database is split into separate league with open for overall stats
  • If any stats are incorrect or missing, please contact mj_coop
  • Premium members will have their own personalised statistics section.

 

Season Nine Calendar

  • The season nine calendar will begin as usual with two pre-season races, and then five races leading up to the Christmas break, with a following seven after the new year. The calendar and dates can be found below (All dates are the weeks commencing that date)
  • Team-mates and car allocations will take place before pre-season one , with Premium Members selecting their desired choices first before going into PSN chats to be finalised.

 

Pre-Season One – 4th November 2019 

French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard

Pre-Season Two – 11th November 2019

Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka International Racing Course

 

Round One – 18th November 2019

Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring

Round Two – 25th November 2019

German Grand Prix – Hockenheimring

Round Three – 2nd December 2019

British Grand Prix – Silverstone

Round Four – 9th December 2019

Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom

Round Five – 16th December 2019

United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX

Christmas Break 

Round Six – 6th January 2020

Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit

Round Seven – 13th January 2020

Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Round Eight – 20th January 2020

Italian Grand Prix – Monza Eni Circuit

Round Nine – 27th January 2020

Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay Circuit

Round Ten – 3rd February 2020

Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

Round Eleven – 10th February 2020

Brazilian Grand Prix – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos

Round Twelve – 17th February 2020

Mexican Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

 

Remember you can watch the announcement stream back here! 

 

They are the champions!

As the chequered flag came out on Wednesday evening, it drew to the end a season that has been as explosive as ever. We have seen titles retained, new drivers emerge and overcome incumbent holders, and a long awaited championship win.

This season saw five leagues across three nights with Monday’s No-Assist championship kicking off the week, whilst the Equal Performance leagues (F1,F2 and F3) closed the week on F1 2019.

It was a record breaking season across the whole league, as we saw such records fall as the closest finish to a race of all time (0.0015s), and the largest winning points margin in a season (+48). These set us up for something spectacular, but at the end of the season only a select few have been able to call themselves a champion.

 

No-Assists

FPL_Charlie came into the pre-season as an unknown quantity, but after a strong showing in the pre-season and teaming up with the reigning champion Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB) meant that the league already had a strong looking pairing going into the first round in Austria.

However, contact between SamuPapito and Charlie dropped the Mercedes driver out of a potential race winning position, and it wasn’t until Brazil at round five was Charlie able to finally get on the podium after poor races in France and Japan. Charlie’s season seemed to turn around completely after the season break, and from round seven to the end of the season the Mercedes driver was able to pick up four podium finishes, with four second place finishes in the final five races, it all went to a decider in Germany for the final race of the season.

Charlie had built a lead over reigning champion Scott, who admittedly had suffered a poor season, making too many mistakes and with a mountain to climb at the final race. The metrics were simple, the two were split by 20 points, and Scott knew that he needed to win, and take the fastest lap point, all whilst hoping that his team-mate Charlie retired or finished outside of the points. This unfortunately wasn’t to be for Scott who did all he could, and even passed his Mercedes team-mate with a lap to go to steal the win, and the fastest lap, but coming across the line together it was a Mercedes 1-2 with Scott denying Charlie that elusive first victory, but confirming the Brighton based driver the No-Assist champion, as the Mercedes team made it a double championship season as they took the team honours ahead of the Haas’.

It was a dream first season for Charlie, who will go into next season hoping to finally break that win duck, and equally retain his new championship. The likes of the Harry_B_R25, SamuPapito, Speed_Queen, White_Fountain and Scott will be back, and will make it another must-watch season.

 

Realistic Performance 

It’s that man again, as SkyZii made it a third Performance League championship in a row, as the Frenchman cemented himself as the ‘King of Tuesday nights’ at Invictus.

There was no waiting around this time for SkyZii who opened his account for the season with victory in Austria in the Alfa Romeo, and whilst his team-mate in ‘Team Maserati’ Scopefielder kept up early pressure on the Frenchman, after Scope missed three races at a critical stage of the season, it became up to TL44S_ to take up the challenge to SkyZii, but the battle was not to be won for TL who saw his hopes of a first title come to a frustrating end after a retirement in Singapore with two rounds remaining, and with SkyZii picking up the six points required over the final two races at round eleven in Canada, he once again retained his Tuesday night Performance League championship. he also made it another double title winning season, as Scopefielder added to his growing trophy cabinet by joining SkyZii as constructors champions, almost 60 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Victories for SkyZii in Austria, Japan and Singapore, along with podiums at China and Germany meant it was one of his most successful seasons yet, and the 30 point gap highlighting his fantastic consistency, the league will go into the next season scratching their heads and trying to figure out how they can stop SkyZii’s dominance.

 

Equal Performance 

F1 

How many more superlatives can be used to describe Swedish driver Scopefielder? He is a model driver, who is a race winning machine, and with the prospect that this may be his last season at Invictus before taking a break from sim-racing, he looked at making it a successful one.

After five wins out of the first six races, he already led the championship by 50 points at the half-way stage, and it was until No-Assist rivals FPL_Charlie and Harry_B_R25 joined the league that Scope started to lose his grip as the dominant driver in F1, but the championship was elementary by that stage, and with a second place finish in Singapore, he wrapped up the title with two races to go and equally the Constructors championship in the Renault with Dutchman Jos_Heinssie.

Whilst he may be aggrieved that he was unable to win again after his fifth win in Brazil at round six, but Scope leaves Invictus as one of, if not, the most decorated champions ever with two equal F1 championships, one Tier 2 No-Assist championship, One Performance League championship, and as a five time constructors champion along with matching records for most wins in a season, largest and smallest championship winning margins (+48 points and +1 point), and joining the limited club as a driver who has completed 100 races with Invictus, as the final race in Germany was the century for Scope.

The Swede leaves an F1 championship wide open as it moves on Monday nights to merge with the No-Assist championship, and introduces a group of new drivers into the league, but there are plenty of records that Scope now holds that will take some beating.

 

F2 

Always a competitive league, F2 once again stepped up and provided another season of intense on-track action, and whilst the early season saw a shock leader in Steen-13, who had seen a surge in pace and consistency place him second in the standings behind the impressive Humbostone by the half-way point, who equally had enjoyed a win in France in a rain affected race, and podiums in Brazil and Monaco.

However, a sleeping giant was soon to emerge, and not until round five in Brazil had Dutchman The-Warislander picked up a single point, and he was languishing rock bottom of the driver’s standings, however with victory in Brazil he would then dominate the rest of the season with five in seven races, including four in-a-row at Belgium, Australia, China leading off from his win in Brazil.

The championship was provisionally awarded at the Canadian Grand Prix pending a stewards inquiry (which was subsequently viewed a racing incident) upon appeal), with Waris needing to outscore both Steen and Megglugpy, which he duly did with his sixth win of the season, ahead of Steen in second and Megg in fourth. The duo of Steen and Megglugpy pushed to keep up, but Waris’ dominance was overwhelming, and even with six podiums for Steen, and four for Megg, neither were able to keep the Alfa Romeo from wrapping up the title in style with one race to go.

Although it wasn’t a perfect season for Waris, as the pair of Megglugpy and Captain_Stiff in the McLaren used a consistent season with multiple podiums to hold off the Alfa Romeo’s for the Constructors championship, which in turn made Megg a three-time Constructors champion, and Stiff a two-time teams champion.

F2 is going to be a minefield of talent next season, with drivers dropping from F1, along with some hungry talent moving up from F3, but this season belonged to The-Warislander, and the young Dutchman could not be faulted after a near flawless second half to the season gifted him a first title.

 

F3

It seems to have been a long time coming, but FerociousDan is finally the F3 champion. The Birmingham based McLaren driver became the only driver to pick up a win in three consecutive F3 seasons, but after missing out last season to Captain_Stiff, the multi-time race winner finally managed to get over the line, and with a race to spare as he took victory in Canada.

It was a five-win season for Dan who enjoyed wins at Austria, Japan, Belgium, Canada and Germany, whilst three more podiums even afforded him the gap to make uncharacteristic mistakes at the likes of Australia and Brazil.

It was last seasons runner-up xMIKExSI who after starting the season in F2 returned to F3 at round three, and immediately got back on the pace with a win, and three runner up spots in the next four races that ended up with deja vu, as the experienced Slovenian once again finished the season in second ahead of an ever improving osteven002, who after joining the league three seasons ago has got stronger and stronger and a third place finish this season is a well-deserved achievement including a Invictus best return of three podiums as he amounted 72 points.

Although it was the McLaren team once again who this time won the double championship as Dan took the title with a total of 102 points. F1Richard67 and Dan have been partnered for the last three seasons, and together have never finished outside of the top two in the constructors, and a second team title this season was a nice way for the team to end as Dan makes his inevitable step up to F2.

FerociousDan finally stands atop the summit of F3 as champion, and no-one can dispute his credentials now as he looks a very credible threat moving up into F2.

 

 

Drivers Champions 

No-Assists – FPL_Charlie

Realistic Performance – SkyZii

Equal Performance F1- Scopefielder

Equal Performance F2 – The-Warislander

Equal Performance F3 – FerociousDan

 

Constructors Champions

No-Assists – Mercedes                          (BoyBetterKnowSB & FPL_Charlie)

Realistic Performance – Team Maserati   (SkyZii and Scopefielder)

Equal Performance F1- Renault         (Jos_Heinssie & Scopefielder)

Equal Performance F2 – McLaren      (Captain_Stiff & Megglugpy)

Equal Performance F3 – McLaren      (FerociousDan & F1Richard67)

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all our champions on their fantastic seasons, we hope you all enjoy the accolade and have equally enjoyed the season as a whole. We can’t wait to see you all back on track soon, and wish you all the best moving forward!

“The luck thing – really there’s no such thing as good luck. It’s good preparation and hard work. ” ~ Bruce McLaren

IRL Podcast – Episode #17 – What was that stewarding?

Sab and Gareth are back to discuss the strange stewarding decisions made at the Japanese Grand Prix, and how the action (or lack of) may affect future races, and the way the drivers behave on track.

They also review the race itself, and the final race of the Invictus F1 2019 season at the German Grand Prix, as we closed the season off with all champions crowned, plus Sab’s hot-lap question where he thinks who outside of the top-3 teams would finish on the podium given an equal car?

You can find the Podcast here;

 

YouTube 

Soundcloud

iTunes

Spotify

Stewarding at the Japanese Grand Prix

IRL Podcast – Episode #16 – We make the rules!

Gareth and Sab have taken it upon themselves to revolutionise Formula One for the 2021 season, and discuss in the most recent Podcast how they would add to the overall show, in the weirdest and wackiest of ways. catch up with the episode and join in with the discussion.

Also featured is the build up to the Japanese GP, and the result from Round Eleven in Canada.

Remember, you can find the Podcast on;

YouTube 

Soundcloud

iTunes

Spotify

IRL Podcast – Episode #14 – Are Ferrari back?

Gareth and Sab are back with the 14th episode of the F1 Podcast

This week they discuss the mini revival of Ferrari after a poor first half of the season, whilst talking who will be the driver(s) to take Ferrari forward in the future? They also review the recent Singapore Grand Prix and how the tyres affected the race race results, amongst much more.

In addition they review the ninth round of the Invictus F1 2019 season in Bahrain, and Sab’s Hot-Lap question asks him to reveal his dream line-up at Ferrari using all previous Ferrari drivers.

We apologise for the loss of introduction audio at the beginning, unfortunately we cannot explain why! However if you do enjoy the Podcast let us know, and equally if you would like to see anything different get hold of Gareth or Sab!

IRL Podcast: Episode #13 – Is Singapore the next “Jewel in the crown of F1?”

 

Join Gareth and Sab as they bring you the 13th episode of their F1 Podcast. This week they build up to the Singapore Grand Prix and discuss it’s draw, and if it could overtake Monaco as the street circuit that everyone wants to win. They also talk the moves in F1 with Haas retaining Romain Grosjean, Robert Kubica leaving Williams and what is next for Nico Hulkenberg, plus a quick round up for the round eight races at China this week!

Remember you can listen to YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes. They record live on Thursdays at 8pm, and welcome questions from the community!

 

Now streaming on YouTube!

 

 

You may have realised that from this week we started streaming our races directly to YouTube. This is part of a new direction that the league is planning to move in, and we have a lot of very exciting developments that will hopefully be happening over the next few months. We have made this move to aid our outreach, whilst making it easier for our admin team to complete their roles behind the scenes and speed up the viewing process for our community.

We will currently continue with the same schedule of races as follows (all races start at 8pm UK);

 

Monday – No-Assist  (Gareth and Sab on commentary)

 

Tuesday – Realistic Performance  (Malc and Tim)

 

Wednesday – F1 (Tim)

– F2 (Dan)

– F3 (Malc)

 

Thursday – F1 Podcast with Gareth and Sab 

– GT Sport DTM League (Sam)

 

Sunday    – GT Sport LMP1 League (Billy)

 

To ensure the continual growth of the league we made this decision in good faith and hopefully it makes your experience post-race much easier. We are looking at upgrading and expanding our reach and look, and more details will be released when we have more information.

 

However, in the meantime, we would ask that if you can, to subscribe to the Invictus YouTube channel and either follow the league on Facebook or Twitter (links) This will help us look at where we need to improve and focus more attention. Although, if you do have any suggestions then please submit them to one of the admin team.

 

We hope you enjoy this change, and we will keep you all updated as to any further changes that are coming, but it is a very exciting time to be part of Invictus and we appreciate your time, patience, commitment and dedication whilst we make changes to enhance your experience here with us!

 

– The Invictus Admin Team

 

In memory – Anthoine Hubert (1996-2019)

 

 

 

Invictus Racing League is saddened to report on the tragic news after the passing of Anthoine Hubert this evening.

On lap two of the FIA F2 round nine Feature race, Arden driver Anthoine Hubert was involved in a violent multi-car incident after the Raidillon corner at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium which also involved the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz of Juan-Manuel Correa, amongst others.

After an agonising wait, the worst news was released by the FIA that unfortunately Anthoine had succumbed to his injuries and passed away the age of 22 and only three weeks before his 23rd birthday. Juan-Manuel Correa was airlifted to Liege Hospital where he was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

Anthoine enjoyed a successful karting career where he often raced the likes of Dorian Boccolachi and Charles Leclerc, and in 2013 moved up to the French F4 Championship where he won the series at the first attempt. In the following years he took victories in the Formula Renault Championship alongside future F2 rivals Jack Aitken, Louis Deletraz and Nikita Mazepin. However it was when moving into GP3 in 2017 he started to show his true potential, and after a first season that saw him finish fourth in the Championship, in 2018 he won the last ever GP3 Championship as part of the French team ART, whilst being signed to the Renault Sport Academy, and in turn managed to get a drive for Arden in Formula 2 for 2019.

This season he took hugely popular victories at the Monaco Grand Prix and French Grand Prix Sprint races and was currently eighth in the driver standings with 77 points, and had been tipped to represent Renault in the future on the Formula One grid.

 

It has been a shocking and sad day for everyone involved in the Motorsport world, and we here at Invictus Racing League offer our sincerest condolences and positive thoughts to the family, friends, colleagues and sponsors of Anthoine Hubert.

A minutes silence will be held at the commencement of the next round of races in his memory.

 

Thank you for sharing your passion with us all Anthoine, may you rest well.

 

The Invictus Racing League community

 

Invictus Racing League – Round One – Austria – Powered by Red Bull (Ring)

 

 

 

After two pre-season races for each league, the official Invictus calendar began this week as the cars and drivers made their way to Spielberg, Austria for the first round of the season.

All leagues are near capacity, but with a few spaces left on track now is the time to get yourself on the grid for the season by heading to the ‘Apply to race’ section above. However, the talent on show was more than enough excitement this week as we saw four fantastic races.

(Due to connection issues the Performance League was postponed and will be rescheduled.)

 

No-Assist

In an explosive opener, the No-Assist league once again provided a sumptuous nights entertainment with one of the best on track battles we have seen in several seasons.

Qualifying was led start to finish by the Renault of LR_Archy, who seemed untouchable in the French manufacture, as he claimed pole ahead of FPL_Charlie, who was making his official debut in the league.

Although losing the lead off of the start, Archy was able to come back at Charlie into turn three on lap two and from there he controlled the race from the front.

It was the battle behind which enthralled the viewers as we saw a magnificent fight, firstly between Charlie and Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB) in the Mercedes and the two Haas cars of Scopefielder and Samuthepito, which unfortunately was cut short after a mistake from Samuthepito as the Spaniard mis-judged his pit-entry and ended up cutting across a helpless Charlie, forcing him into an early spin and subsequent pit-stop.

As the race progressed Archy opened up a huge lead, and with the impressive No-Assist rookie NickLJThomson also running well in second, they both put themselves back on track after their stops with clear air and the ability to push to the end on fresh rubber.

The battle for second went down to the wire as both Haas cars, Scott, NickLJT and CPI Alex all ran nose-to-tail as the five swapped positions lap upon lap fighting for a podium position, the action was electrifying and highlighted by a superb move around the outside of turn four for Scopefielder on Scott.

However, the man of the day was Archy as the Renault crossed the line comfortably 20 seconds up the road from his rivals, as he started the season in dominant fashion. Scott came across the line in second, but was pipped on a penalty by Samuthepito, who himself would be visiting the stewards post-race. Scopefielder, Nick and Alex finished off of the podium, but played their part in a dramatic opening race.

Next up, Monaco.

 

Equal Performance

F1

It was business as usual once again for VSR_Marqueses as the Williams driver took full honours at the head of the pack for the entire evening around the Red Bull Ring. It was already well known that he had a significant pace advantage going into the session, but with the likes of Scopefielder and fast starting Partridge99 both looking to catch the impressively fast pole-sitter, it was all to play for.

However, it was immediately apparent that the task would be a tall order as he drove away from the pack, and by lap four already enjoyed a three second lead.

The battle ended up being for second in the early stages, but with Partridge collecting the Alfa Romeo of Foxyred2000 into turn three, it promoted Scopefielder into second and demoted the frustrated drivers to fourth and sixth respectively.

The beneficiary of the mistakes around him was AaronJSpence, who like Partridge was making his debut in F1, and by lap 14 had made his way into third place, and after making his stop was able to carve back through past the likes of Partridge and TamworthFox back into the podium positions.

At the front it was once again Marqueses who put on a clinic for the rest of the league as he crossed the line seventeen seconds ahead of nearest rival Scopefielder as the VSR driver claimed the first race win of the season.

The final podium position went to Aaron, who after making a mistake and dropping to fifth was able to keep in a small enough gap to be promoted via penalties to the podium, whilst a late spin for Partridge dropped him from fourth to sixth.

Great start from Marqueses and he will be happy with the pace tonight on a track he enjoys. Can he keep up this lightning performance for the next 11 rounds?

 

F2

There was a surprise in F2 this week as Tanker903 took the race win in Spielberg. The Austrian flagged driver had struggled in pre-season and not shown the pace that he unleashed on Wednesday, but he was a comfortable winner ahead of the first of two McLarens in the top four with Megglugpy in second on his return to F2.

The race had started him Megg on pole, but with Tanker overhauling him and keeping the McLaren at bay, it was the fight for second and third between Megg and another surprise in Steen-13, who only in his second year of sim-racing was able to go toe-to-toe with the multi-time champion in Invictus. Although he had to settle for third as he tried but unfortunately just couldn’t keep up in the late stages on very worn hard tyres.

The battles on track throughout the race were absolutely superb, and fighting from 15th meant that Captain_Stiff was in many of them, after a good start and consistent early pace, he engaged in a brilliant fight with Craig8728, and then a returning DeLange93 who was welcomed back to the league with a dazzling side-by-side fight with Stiff over the first two sectors as the two banged wheels and gave each other just enough room, whilst unrelenting in their pursuit to gain the position.

On the reverse strategy however it was Stiff who managed to stay ahead in the late stages, and with the McLaren’s amassing 20 points already, could they be a force in this seasons’ constructor’s championship?

Tanker will be delighted with his pace and no doubt with the winner’s trophy, but there are plenty of talented drivers in F2 this season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see several different names visit the top step of the rostrum over the remainder of the calendar.

 

F3

FerociousDan has dominated pre-season in F3, and with the McLaren driver once again on form, he made it a first official win to add to his pre-season successes. He has pedigree for pace around the Red Bull Ring, and makes it a second season in a row of standing on the top step of the podium, as he utilised very quick early pace and then a perfect strategy call as the race suddenly became intermediate conditions after fourteen laps.

The race started well for Dan as he lined up alongside team-mate F1Richard, but with the race turning wet, the drivers that all started on the soft compound were struggling for grip, and for the unfortunate Richard, he stopped for hard tyres one lap before the rain hit and therefore lost around twenty seconds making a second stop two laps later dropping him well out of contention.

Luke Bailey had made solid progress through the field, and the Red Bull driver along with the Mercedes of BWAClyde both enjoyed large gaps and could cruise around for the remaining 14 laps and make up the podium for round one.

It’s another win for Dan who is surely the #1 favourite for the F3 after his win, but can he keep the consistency that he lacked last season, and with last season’s runner-up  xMIKExSI returning to F3 for the season at Monaco, perhaps the McLaren may have a slightly harder task than first thought?

There are plenty of drivers in f3 capable of winning, but who can step-up in Monte Carlo and take the fight to FerociousDan.

 

 

Join us next week as we return to the streets on Monte Carlo, Monaco for the first time in 18 months as the cars take to the tight streets of the glamourous principality in the south of France. Who can hold their nerve, and draw the winning hand as Invictus heads to the trickiest circuit on the calendar.